Forest Bathing with Ciara

“It is a tremendous thing, to be in harmony with the music of what happens”

– John Moriarty

“Come Forest Bathing – be in the forest, in nature with someone who can help you switch off and slow down.”

– Client, Wicklow, 2021

What is Forest Bathing?

Forest bathing and forest therapy (or shinrin-yoku) broadly means taking in, with all of one’s senses, the forest atmosphere. Not simply a walk in the woods, it is the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest.

It was developed in Japan during the 1980s to reduce population stress levels, stress related health issues and deaths by overwork. The Japanese realised that many urban citizens were being cut off from nature and needed to reconnect. Due to it’s success, in 1982 Japan made it a part of its national health program and today there are some 62 Forest Therapy bases across the country that millions pf people visit each year for stress relief, health care and eco-tourism.

Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have established a growing body of scientific literature on the diverse health benefits. Forest Bathing practice encourages a stronger connection with nature and the self. It is both a wellness practice enhancing vigor, vitality and promoting positive mental health. It is also a preventative practice boosting the immune system, reducing blood pressure, stress levels and improving sleep.

However, the focus is not just on improving our health but also the health of the planet as people will only protect what they understand and love.

Group bookings for health and well-being

Book a bespoke session for the well-being of your staff, colleagues, organisation or team. Email Ciara at info@forestschoolirelandeland.ie to chat about your needs and what we offer.

Included in your group walk you will enjoy a guided walk designed for your needs, a range of Forest Bathing “invitations” or activities to assist your immersion into the experience, foraged teas and a light snack. A native tree will be planted for each person, grown in stewarded land in Ireland.

Email Ciara at info@forestschoolirelandeland.ie to chat about your needs and what we offer.

Seasonal guided Forest Bathing walks

In 2022 I will offer a series of walks in tune with the seasons and the natural rhythms of nature.

Integrated into these guided immersive experiences you will be invited to find comfort in nature, enjoy seasonal foraged wild foods and teas while engaging all your senses in a way that is designed to be restorative, healing and enjoyable.

Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability

We can curate a relaxing, restorative mental heath and well-being experience for your team. Creativity and self-directed reflection are part of our guided experience.

Included in your team CSR package we can provide you with a sustainable gift bag with local food, Irish crafts and a native Irish tree will be planted and stewarded in Ireland for each employee from who attends.

Email Ciara at info@forestschoolirelandeland.ie to chat about your needs and what we offer.


Forest Bathing is something you need without realising it. It is effortless self-care and fun. It is facilitated so gently by Ciara that you are present and relaxed before you realise it. The sensory experience is more than I could imagine and has supported me to attune to myself in the business of adulthood.

Client, August 2021


“Soon you will be home in a new rhythm, for your soul senses the world that awaits you.”

– John O Donohue

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